Marco code enforcement chief laid off

— The overhaul of Marco Island City Hall continues with the elimination of the chief of code compliance position on Wednesday.

Eric Wardle’s layoff comes after code enforcement and the police department were combined by interim-City Manager Jim Riviere in May.

Police Chief Thom Carr and Capt. Dave Baer were responsible for cutting their departments. Baer was put in charge of code enforcement to avoid nepotism between the chief and his wife, Lizz Carr, who was a code enforcement officer at the time. She is now an administrative assistant.

Police Lt. Cliff Morine’s and Lt. Mike Peña’s layoffs were announced by Thom Carr on Tuesday.

All city department heads are required to make these cuts, Riviere said. “We’re looking for a lean, mean, flat organization.”

City council and budget advisory committee members did not direct the layoffs, Riviere said. “Other than that they are strong in their encouragement to make the organization as efficient as it can be.”

Other recent cuts made by Riviere include eliminating the community development director position, held then by Steve Olmsted, formerly in charge of code enforcement.

Changes have been dramatic since Riviere, the then-Planning Board chairman, was hired by council following the termination of then-City Manager Steve Thompson in April.

Riviere also removed the position of the public information coordinator held by Lisa Douglass.

Continued police and utility staff cuts, may be desired by the community, said City Councilman Chuck Kiester.

Police officers retired on pensions from other cities may seek voluntary furloughs, he proposed.

Only one employee, administrative assistant Barbara Lawrence took the offer for a voluntary furlough so far, said City Clerk Laura Litzan.

This week’s layoffs save about $250,000 annually, officials reported.

Wardle’s salary and benefits were about $85,000 annually, Litzan reported.

Police Sgt. James Hassig is now in charge of code compliance with one officer, Tony Sans, formerly of parks and recreation.

Council will have its first public crack at the 2011 budget in a meeting scheduled August 2.

“We’re all done for now,” Riviere said of employee cuts. “Then council gets to look at it... And here we go again.”

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Comments » 16

JohninMarco writes:

Boy was this overdue. This man's actions was like bring gasoline to a fire.

iHeartBeaches writes:

Oh sooo sad to see him go. Sarcasm doesn't translate well over the internet. Let me try this again.... Good riddance!

sailingalong writes:

Great layoffs so far!! When is Ronny Joel going to go? He is incompetent, distorts the facts to suit his agenda, and is not trustworthy. He needs to go now!

August8 writes:

"Ole Marco", Mean, selffish, bitter and ugly, best describes this City's residents and servants

OLDISLANDER writes:

in response to sailingalong:

Great layoffs so far!! When is Ronny Joel going to go? He is incompetent, distorts the facts to suit his agenda, and is not trustworthy. He needs to go now!

Sailingalong,

I agree with you with the exception of Mike Pena. I must admit I don't know the other police officer but I do know Mike and there is definitely more to this than meets the eye. I have to agree that apparently there is someone in command that the police officers irritated. Could it be they wouldn't "play the game". As far as Rony Joel is concerned, THE SOONER THE BETTER !

OLDISLANDER writes:

in response to August8:

"Ole Marco", Mean, selffish, bitter and ugly, best describes this City's residents and servants

August8 - You are soooooo wrong. It simply means that those of us that have been around for a while are sick of the direction that our city had unfortunately gone. It is far past time that we take up the torch and stop the madness that has been going on for the past several years. Thank Goodness for Dr. Riviere and the fantastic work he is doing. However, his hands are tied in some areas.

blogsmog writes:

Joel is connected somehow, he just didn't waltz into his position from CDM without some strings attached..I'm sure there are some folks that are waiting for a little sump'n sump'n from Joel after landing the STRP contract with CDM.
Getting rid of Joel is a whole differnt animal than just your average layoff.

iHeartBeaches writes:

in response to rolomokat:

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I agree.

costarica (Inactive) writes:

Thank Goodness!!! There is hope for Marco Island after all. Great job at cleaning up our bloated city government!

bigdog1970 writes:

Amazing!!!
In the years I have dealt with Code Enforcement, I've always regarded Mr. Wardle as a gentleman just doing his job. Those of you who don't think so, were caught in the middle of a man doing his job and some of the ridiculous codes that we have to abide by on this island.
With that said, why was Tony Sans kept on the job when he's been there less than a month, and not sent back to the Parks Dept. where he transferred from?
Why wasn't Rony Joel axed for being incomptent, or is he still being paid from the Buildings Dept. as a consutant and that way he can be kept on the payroll?
Why not clear out some of the dead weight on the second floor of City Hall?
Why not get rid of city mouthpiece Litzen,can't the remaining Dept. heads speak for themselves?
Now that City Hall is looking into stopping employees from taking vehicles home, why are so many driving thier city and utility vehicles and parking them at the lakes at Collier and Rt.41?

ajm3s writes:

in response to bigdog1970:

Amazing!!!
In the years I have dealt with Code Enforcement, I've always regarded Mr. Wardle as a gentleman just doing his job. Those of you who don't think so, were caught in the middle of a man doing his job and some of the ridiculous codes that we have to abide by on this island.
With that said, why was Tony Sans kept on the job when he's been there less than a month, and not sent back to the Parks Dept. where he transferred from?
Why wasn't Rony Joel axed for being incomptent, or is he still being paid from the Buildings Dept. as a consutant and that way he can be kept on the payroll?
Why not clear out some of the dead weight on the second floor of City Hall?
Why not get rid of city mouthpiece Litzen,can't the remaining Dept. heads speak for themselves?
Now that City Hall is looking into stopping employees from taking vehicles home, why are so many driving thier city and utility vehicles and parking them at the lakes at Collier and Rt.41?

I believe Ms. Litzen is the Personnel Director, among other titles. Is she not instrumental in the reorganization? Or she just a figure head? Please send your votes into the City Manager's Office and let him know.

August8 writes:

"Heartbeaches"

SOB ????????????????? Really ??????????????

Drink-UP and Sleep well Nice Resident !!!!!

bigdog1970 writes:

in response to ajm3s:

I believe Ms. Litzen is the Personnel Director, among other titles. Is she not instrumental in the reorganization? Or she just a figure head? Please send your votes into the City Manager's Office and let him know.

She is not instrumental in anything!!!!!!
Personnel Director.... What a joke!!!!

MrBreeze writes:

It is well overdue that we break up the Code Enforcement. They treat people like criminals and shake them down with crazy fines for s----- things.

Hope the unemployment line is waiting for more of the City mooches.

Great job by the new manager. I think there is hope for the island yet. We just need to vote as one unit to keep the change that is happening and we will again have the island that the people want.

I say next we downgrade the City and revert back to the county for shared services. That will trim the fat.

August8 writes:

MrBreeze,

You can only turn the clock back so far, do you really enjoy these folks with families being taken out of work for these reasons????

ajm3s writes:

in response to bigdog1970:

She is not instrumental in anything!!!!!!
Personnel Director.... What a joke!!!!

I agree. My last comment was not clear enough.

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